Speaker: Dr. Christine King
Affiliation: UCLA - Wireless Health Institute
ABSTRACT: Advances in microfabrication techniques, microprocessors, communication protocols, and machine learning algorithms have resulted in the development of wearable sensors, and have allowed investigators to begin addressing an unmet need in clinical need: remote monitoring of individuals in the community. Wearable wireless sensor systems and mobile platforms provide the opportunity to evaluate the behavior of individuals in daily life activities, as well as provide timely and meaningful feedback to patients that can guide and motivate them to improve their health. While wearable sensors and mobile health technologies continue to improve, additional studies are necessary to provide the evidence that remote health monitoring is effective in changing individuals’ behaviors and thus improve their health. As a result, the NIH has recently funded the Los Angeles Pediatric Research using Integrated Sensor Monitoring Systems (PRISMS) program, a large multi-site project that will evaluate the use of these systems for the treatment of pediatric asthma. As part of the PRISMS program, our laboratory is developing a biomedical real-time health evaluation (BREATHE) platform for the remote monitoring of asthma in pediatric patients. This platform will be used in a large multi-site clinical trial, where the system’s performance and feedback effectiveness will be evaluated in a real-world setting. Finally, the resulting system will change how physicians and researchers interact with pediatric asthma patients and their caregivers to provide a better understanding of the disease and effectively change patients’ behaviors to improve their health. BIO: Dr. Christine King received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Under the direction of Dr. Zoran Nenadic, she developed brain-computer interface systems for neurorehabilitation after neurological injury. She then completed her post-doctoral training as an AHA Bugher fellow under Dr. Bruce Dobkin in the Wireless Health Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Here, she developed wireless health systems for continuous monitoring of daily activity in stroke individuals during multi-site clinical trials. She now works as a research manager under Dr. Majid Sarrafzadeh in the Wireless Health Institute, where she and her team are developing an end-to-end software infrastructure for the PRISMS program, a large NIH effort to develop a sensor-based health monitoring system that will serve as research tools to measure and provide feedback about environmental, physiological, and behavioral factors in pediatric asthma.
REFRESHMENTS at 3:45 pm, SPEAKER at 4:15 pm
Date(s) - Dec 03, 2015
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm